When you get eyelash extensions, it is important to follow the aftercare instructions to ensure that they look good and last as long as possible.
As a lash artist, it is important to clearly communicate how to take care of eyelash extensions to your clients.
In this article, I will cover lash extension aftercare tips, but also aftercare cards and form templates that you can use with your clients.
Let’s get started!
Why Is Eyelash Extension Aftercare So Important?
Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent and require special care to maintain.
If you do not take care of your lashes properly, they will not last as long and can even fall out prematurely.
Not to mention, if you do not care for your eyelash extensions, you are also at risk of damaging your natural lashes.
This is why it is so important to follow the aftercare instructions given to you by your lash artist and to be vigilant about taking care of your lash extensions daily.
7 Best Eyelash Extension Aftercare Tips to Share With Clients
Here are the best tips you can give your clients on how to care for their lash extensions.
#1 Wash Your Lashes Daily
This is the best advice hands down. Washing your lashes daily with a lash cleanser will help to remove any build-up of dirt, oil, makeup, dead skin, and bacteria. It’s also imperative to avoid lash mites!
Some clients may find this advice counter-intuitive. They might think you should never get eyelash extensions wet. But this is just plain wrong.
This advice will not only keep your lashes clean and healthy, but it will also improve retention and extend the life of your lash extensions.
Pro Tip: Check out my article to learn how to shower with eyelash extensions.
Be sure to use a cleanser that is specifically designed for lash extensions and be careful not to rub or tug at your lashes.
#2 Brush Your Lashes Daily
Use a clean, soft-bristled brush to gently brush through your lashes from root to tip.
This will help to keep them looking fluffy and tidy. It will also help to prevent tangles and clumps.
This advice is especially important if you have hybrid lashes, volume lashes, or mega volume lashes since eyelash fans can easily tangle together.
#3 Avoid Oil-Based Products
Oil-based products can break down the adhesive used to apply lash extensions. This includes things like makeup removers, facial cleansers, and moisturizers.
It is best to avoid using these products altogether or to use them sparingly around the lash line.
#4 Be Careful When Applying Makeup
Be careful when applying and removing makeup near your lash line if you want to maintain good retention of your eyelashes.
Use a light hand and avoid using waterproof mascara or any other product that might be difficult to remove.
- Mascara: You don’t need to wear mascara in most cases when you wear eyelash extensions. But if you must, make sure to avoid an oil-based mascara. Also, you should only apply mascara to classic lashes. Volume fans would clump together and you would lose your fluffy effect.
- Eyelash curlers: Mechanical curlers are to be avoided with eyelash extensions because you risk damaging the natural lashes. You can use a heated curler but be careful not to use excessive heat.
- Eye creams: Using an eye cream is fine but make sure to only use oil-free products and be gentle around the eye area.
- Eyeliner: You can use a liquid or shadow-based eyeliner, while a gel or waterproof liner is to be avoided.
- Blow dryer: Make sure it is set on a cool setting with a low fan if you use it on your lashes.
#5 Avoid Getting Your Lashes Wet
Your lash extensions will be more susceptible to falling out if they get wet within the first 4 hours after being applied.
Some outdated advice on the internet will tell you to wait for 24 hours. This is just wrong. Nowadays, most lash artists will cure the lash adhesive at the end of your appointment using moisture.
If your lash artist is up to date, the 24 hours waiting period should not be applicable anymore.
#6 Avoid Using Heat
Avoid exposure to extreme heat from saunas, steam rooms, or heated pools for the first 48 hours after your lash extensions are applied.
After that, you can go ahead and enjoy them, but be sure to keep your lashes dry.
The steam can cause the lash adhesive to break down and your lashes will fall out prematurely.
#7 Avoid Picking or Pulling at Your Lashes
This is a big no-no. Picking, rubbing, or pulling at your lashes will damage them and can cause them to fall out prematurely.
If you need to remove your eyelash extensions for any reason, make an appointment with your lash artist. They will be able to safely and correctly remove them for you.
Eyelash Extension Aftercare Cards
Be sure to give your clients an aftercare card at the end of their appointment. This will help them to remember all of the important tips that you have shared with them.
You can even include a list of do’s and don’ts, as well as a space for them to write down any questions that they might have.
If you don’t have time to design your aftercare cards, you can purchase pre-made ones on Etsy.
For my business, I hired a graphic designer on Upwork. I simply communicated the exact text I wanted and the designer created a beautiful aftercare card for me.
Eyelash Extension Aftercare Products
There are a few products that you can recommend to your clients to help them take care of their lash extensions.
For example, you can even put together a little lash care kit for your clients. This is a great way to make sure your clients are taking care of their lash extensions properly.
Giving an eyelash extension after kit for free is a great idea for several reasons:
- Helps ensure your clients are taking care of their lash extensions properly.
- Allows you to upsell your clients on other products and services.
- Builds trust and rapport with your clients.
- Turns your clients into brand ambassadors.
If you’re not sure what products to include in your lash care kit, here are a few of my favorites:
Foaming Lash Cleanser
This is a must-have for anyone who has lash extensions. A good lash cleanser will help to remove dirt, oil, and makeup from the lashes without damaging the extensions.
I recommend using a foaming lash cleanser because it is less likely to get into the eyes and cause irritation.
I also like to add a small bottle of lash cleanser to my client’s lash extension aftercare kit because it is easy to use and travel with.
A soft bristle brush or a spoolie brush is essential for anyone with lash extensions.
Brushing the lashes daily will help to remove dirt and debris, and will also help to keep the lashes looking neat.
I recommend using a soft bristle brush because it is less likely to damage the lash extensions.
A spoolie brush is a must-have for anyone with lash extensions. It can be used to brush the lashes, but it can also be used to comb through the lash extensions when they are wet.
Lash Aftercare Instruction Card
I always give my clients an aftercare instruction card at the end of their appointment.
This helps to remind them of all of the important tips that I have shared with them. It also acts as a reminder if I forgot to mention anything.
I also like to include a list of do’s and don’ts, as well as a space for them to write down any questions that they might have.
Eyelash Extension Aftercare – Key Takeaways
For clients, learning how to take care of eyelash extensions is a key skill to develop.
After all, a good amount of money is invested in these beauties, and no one wants to go back every week for a refill. With good maintenance, lash extensions should last 2 to 4 weeks. Most of my clients have very good retention and come for refills every 3 to 4 weeks.
For stylists, promoting good lash habits and lash extension aftercare is essential to maintaining a good relationship with your clientele. After all, they are the ones who come back to you for fills and new sets!
If you have any questions or would like more eyelash tips, please drop me a comment below!